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Journalist, Michael Kinsley once quipped that “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”
Years ago, I posted a thought – I don’t remember now about what – on a blog site, and I got a reaction that surprised me. The responder said that he didn’t know how to reply because he didn’t know anything about me or my background. That made no sense to me at the time. Obviously, one replied by citing facts and offering logic that supported or contradicted my statements. What else?
What I understand now is that the gentleman had no intention of dealing with my argument, he was looking for reasons to dismiss it. If he could fit me into some sort of category – age, sex, skin color, religion – he could claim that my beliefs were dictated by my personal interests as defined by my category. At that point, having discredited my motives, he could ignore whatever argument I’d made without having to deal with the argument itself.
Joe Biden, woke-ish progressive that he is, thinks in those same terms: Your demographics dictate – or should dictate – your personal interests, which, in turn, dictate your beliefs. And, in Biden’s mind, “African Americans” are a homogeneous category rather than a convenient label placed on different people with different desires, ideas, and goals. In Biden’s mind, the category, “African Americans,” is one that is dependent on government handouts, so its interests are best served by voting for the party of government handouts.
Biden’s gaffe revealed the truth, not about African Americans, but about how he views them.Published in